'GRIDLOCK ALERT' IN NYC MAKES TRANSIT THE WAY TO GO
16 November 2005
NJ TRANSIT offers ways to avoid the holiday crunch
Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078
NEWARK, NJ - With less than 48 hours u, ntil New York's first "gridlock alert" day of the holiday season, NJ TRANSIT is advising travelers to take full advantage of its 5,288 daily trains and buses into and out of Manhattan and offering several incentives for visitors to avoid city gridlock this holiday season.
To encourage travelers to get out of their cars, NJ TRANSIT is distributing "free ride" certificates at a Gridlock Alert awareness event this evening at Hoboken Terminal. The certificates are redeemable for free rail travel between Ramsey Route 17 or Montclair State University (MSU) stations and New York on the first gridlock alert day of the season, Friday, November 18.
"The holiday season should be about family and friends, shopping and shows," said NJ TRANSIT Assistant Executive Director Lynn Bowersox. "NJ TRANSIT's trains and buses enable customers to avoid the traffic, tolls and parking that can ruin anyone's holiday spirit."
Customers taking advantage of the free round trip on Friday get up to a $17 value from Ramsey or a $10.50 value from MSU and need only pay for parking. Downloadable certificates are available online at www.njtransit.com.
Due to record high ridership levels, leisure travelers this holiday season are advised to select trains and buses outside of the peak periods of 6-10 a.m. and 4-8 p.m., if possible. A 15-percent discount applies to roundtrip travel on off-peak and weekend trains.
Aside from avoiding city traffic, weekend travelers will have another incentive to leave their cars behind: free parking. Now through January 16, NJ TRANSIT customers can take advantage of free parking on weekends at Ramsey Route 17 Station - from 7 p.m. Fridays through 5 a.m. Mondays. For maximum savings, families can combine the free parking offer with NJ TRANSIT's Family Supersaver fare, which enables up to two kids (ages 11 and under) to travel free with each fare-paying adult on weekends and holidays.
A "gridlock alert" is issued by the New York City Department of Transportation on the busiest traffic days of the year. On these days especially, visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home and use public transportation.
In addition to Friday, Nov. 18, the other designated gridlock alert days for 2005 are: Wednesday, Nov. 23 (day before Thanksgiving); Wednesday, Nov. 30 (tree lighting at Rockefeller Center); Friday, Dec. 9 (popular shopping day); Thursday, Dec. 15 (popular shopping day); Friday, Dec. 16 (popular shopping day); Wednesday, Dec. 21 (matinee day at Broadway theaters/popular shopping day); Thursday, Dec. 22 (popular shopping day); and Friday, Dec. 23 (day before Christmas Eve).
For the benefit of travelers this holiday season:
NJ TRANSIT offers direct, frequent service to New York Penn Station from points along the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Montclair-Boonton Line and Morris & Essex Lines. Connecting service to New York is available at Secaucus Junction for customers on the Main, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines. Connecting service is available at Newark Penn Station for customers on the Raritan Valley Line.
For NJ TRANSIT schedules, fares and other information, visit www.njtransit.com or call 1-800-772-2222.
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 800,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 53 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.
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